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September 27-28, 2018

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

Shakespeare Festival Education Directors, Professors of English, Theatre, and Interdisciplinary Studies, Secondary Education Teachers, and Graduate Students specializing in Shakespeare, Theatre, dramaturgy, or the early modern period from across the United States and Canada will come together the last week of September to engage in workshops, performances, presentations, and discussions about teaching all things Shakespearean. 

Registration Costs:

Early Bird (BY FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018)

$95 for faculty, staff and teachers; $50 for graduate students. $30 undergrad

Late registration

$110 for faculty and teachers; $65 for graduate students. $40 undergrad

GVSU faculty, staff and students may attend for free.

MICHIGAN TEACHERS (high school / middle school) conference registration special fee
$80 for high school or middle school teacher
**Multi-teacher discount** Buy one, get one free for multiple teachers attending from same school 

Please Note: SCHECH credit is not available for this year's conference

Registration and Registration Information

Michael LoMonico, Key Note Speaker 2018


Michael LoMonico shows his passion for Shakespeare by writing, speaking, and leading workshops whenever and wherever he can. It is his goal to change the way that Shakespeare is taught in this country, and so far he has taught Shakespeare courses and workshops for teachers and students in 38 states as well as in Canada and England.

Michael is the Senior Consultant on National Education for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Since 1986, he has worked at the Teaching Shakespeare Institute at the Folger as the Institute Director and Master Teacher and. He has organized and directed two-day and week-long Folger Institutes across the U.S.  He also serves as Secretary for the Shakespeare Theater Association. 

Michael is the author of a novel, That Shakespeare Kid and the reference book, Shakespeare 101, published by Random House. He recently published the Second Edition of The Shakespeare Book of Lists.  He was the founder and editor of Shakespeare magazine, published by Cambridge University Press and Georgetown University. He was an assistant to the editor for the curriculum section of all three volumes of the Folger Shakespeare Set Free series, published by Washington Square Press. He was also the technical editor to The Complete Idiots Guide to Shakespeare. Michael taught high school English on Long Island for 33 years and English Methods at Stony Brook University. 


  • King Lear  by the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival
  • Scene from GVSU's Bard to Go: Twelfth Night educational touring troupe
  • An "original practices" performance of Henry VI (conflation) by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
  • A 20-Minute version of Pyramus and Thisbe, from MSND by the GVSU Green Show Troupe
  • A Shakespeare "Flash Mob" featuring all conference attendees

Presentations, workshops and roundtable discussions with national and international Shakespeare enthusiasts from university and professional settings.

Questions about submitting proposals / attending the conference can be sent directly to GVSU Theatre Professor Dennis Henry at [email protected]

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NEW THIS YEAR: All events will be on the Allendale Campus, mostly inside our brand new facilities. Come check out the newly dedicated Thomas J. and Marcia J. Center for Performing Arts  that includes: the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre, new rehearsal room, and the renovated pond-view lobby. Beautiful facilities and easier travel!

Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts


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